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Atkins to provide engineering support for Mirfa project in Abu Dhabi

Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company awards contract to British firm

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Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company (HDEC) has awarded the UK-based Atkins an engineering design services contract for the $1.5bn Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP) in Abu Dhabi.

An HDEC-led consortium is executing the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the 1,600 MW project in Abu Dhabi.

The project achieved financial close in October 2014, with the value of the EPC contract standing at $987.9m.

Atkins’ power and renewables business will provide the consortium civil design review, and assistance with building permits from the Western Region Municipality of Abu Dhabi.

It will also assist with the project’s conformity to the Estidama framework, which mandates incorporation of sustainability into the construction and operation of all buildings in Abu Dhabi.

Phil Malem, managing director for Atkins’ Power and Renewables business said: “This contract is a significant win for the team, and another major step towards growing Atkins’ Energy business in the United Arab Emirates. We are looking forward to working with all of those involved on this exciting project.”

The Mirfa IWPP is Abu Dhabi’s 10th such project to be built under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. The plant is expected to start commercial operations in phases between 2016 and 2017, and will meet Abu Dhabi’s rising demand for electricity and water as well as support the development of the UAE’s Northern Emirates.

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